Effective Command and Control (C2) requires a “data command” approach. Operational data must be integrated into a single, temporal data structure or the commander is only capable of visualizing a portion of the battlespace. Today’s plan must be informed by the assessment of yesterday’s execution results, and execution decisions must be informed by an awareness of upcoming plans. A re-strike request should be immediately available to the following day’s planner. Post-mission battle damage assessment and ISR of a time sensitive strike could be coordinated with an already scheduled fly-over in tomorrow’s Air Tasking Order (ATO). Kinetic activities should be aware of non-kinetic tasking, and vice-versa.
At ISS, we make effective C2 possible via our C2Core framework. Used in SWIC, MAAPTK, ACUMEN, WebTAS STAKE, and other fielded applications, C2Core provides a single, temporal data structure and supporting mission applications for managing and interacting with that data structure. Certain elements of a commander’s environment are common to specific mission applications. For example, resources, tasking, requests, locations are often similar across these needs. C2Core manages these common data elements via reusable software modules capable of being presented and packaged in a custom application deliverable. C2Core provides the warfighter with the ability to reach into, manipulate, and synchronize with legacy data silos thus achieving total data command, while applications built using C2Core include advanced data visualization capabilities for enhanced decision making via better data understanding.